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2007.19: Scaling of the threshold of pipe flow turbulence

2007.19: B. Hof, A. Juel and T. Mullin (2003) Scaling of the threshold of pipe flow turbulence. Physical Review Letters, 91 (24). 244502. ISSN 0031-9007

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DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.91.244502


We report the results of an experimental investigation of the transition to turbulence in a pipe over approximately an order of magnitude range in the Reynolds number Re. A novel scaling law is uncovered using a systematic experimental procedure which permits contact to be made with modern theoretical thinking. The principal result we uncover is a scaling law which indicates that the amplitude of perturbation required to cause transition scales as O(Re-1).

Item Type:Article
Subjects:PACS 2003 > 47 Fluid dynamics
MIMS number:2007.19
Deposited By:Miss Louise Stait
Deposited On:22 March 2007

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